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Americans Support Obamacare Too Late

| by Ray Brown
A doctor speaks with a patientA doctor speaks with a patient

Now that Republicans are about to repeal it, many Americans have a positive view of the Affordable Care Act for the first time since the law was enacted.

According to a CNN/ORC poll, 49 percent of Americans have a positive view of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, while 47 percent have an unfavorable view of the landmark health care legislation. It marks the first time that more Americans are in favor of the law than oppose it since 2010, according to CNN.

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But opinions about the law are more complicated.

Only 22 percent feel that their family is better off since the law was enacted, while 30 percent feel that they're worse off.

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The Affordable Care Act has been the focal point of Republican criticism for years and is now on the verge of being repealed after the election of President-elect Donald Trump, who was a staunch critic of the health care legislation throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.

But repealing the Affordable Care Act could have consequences on millions of Americans who have insurance under the health care plan.

"The American people don't want to go backwards," said U.S. Health and Human Services Department Secretary Sylvia Burwell, who estimated that up to 30 million people would lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to CNBC.

"These are people's cancer therapies, diabetes medications and mental health treatments on the line," she added. "Every one of the 6.4 million people enrolled represents a story about how the Affordable Care Act has changed health care in America, and why coverage matters."

Sources: CNN, CNBC / Photo Credit: National Cancer Institute/Wikipedia